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The Ghost Downstairs Notes

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The Ghost Downstairs Chapter Notes By Leon Garfield Part 1 Chapter 1 Mr. Fast is a lonely, envious clerk who works in Lamb Square (London) for a dull lawyer. He was a very knowledgeable when it came to trade, a devious man who could lure unwary men into contracts or agreements that suited Mr. Fast very well. Mr Fast lived in Highbury New Park where he had rooms on the ground floor; he had a respectable and furnished place of living. Most nights when he got back from work he would sit in one of his tomb like armchairs and have a glass of port. Sometimes he would dream about the wealth he would love to possess, of ruling over all that were superior to him at the current time. In the basement of the flats lived an old man called Dr Herz, on a certain date this Dr Herz had died and he was buried. After the burial an elderly man by the name of Mr Fishbane had moved in. Mr Fast was very curious about this new arrival and one night after work Mr Fast went to investigate, however after being caught he withdrew hastily. According to Mr Fast, Dr Herz residence had a bad smell to it but this was this was nothing compared to Mr Fishbane. Mr Fishbane it seemed was fond of beetroot, so much so that the smell of it nearly drove Mr Fast mad. None the less Mr Fast somehow did not hate the old man, whenever they passed in the street Mr Fast didn't completely ignore him, but always gave a courteous nod. The reason for this caution was property; Mr Fast had checked the listings at the law firm he worked for and the name 'Fishbane' had not appeared, so therefore according to the city no man by the name of Fishbane existed. At Dr Herz's funeral, both Mr Fast and Fishbane were there and both agreed on the fact that his death was tragic and abrupt, when Mr Fishbane appeared Mr Fast was the opinion that Mr. ...read more.


Then he saw something that shocked him, Mr Fishbane was standing behind him. Mr Fast gasped turned round to see that Mr Fishbane was wearing an impassive expression. He told Mr Fishbane that he was impostor trying to rob his father of his million pounds, Mr Fishbane replied that he wasn't robbing Mr Fast's father of money, he was merely giving it to Mr Fast. Mr Fast cried out in anger, and told Mr Fishbane to read the small print. What happened next nearly made Mr Fast faint, he saw a shadow that was not Mr Fishbane's next to Mr Fishbane, he ran flat out back along the path he had entered by. Mr Fishbane called out and asked who Mr Fast was running from. Mr Fast didn't answer the question, but a mental battle was happening in his head. Why was he so scared? Because he'd seen a shadow that wasn't either his or Mr Fishbane's. So, it must have been a trick of his eyes. Then why not go back? Because he didn't like the aurora that Mr Fishbane had around him. He ran back to his home, he calmed down, nothing about stupid old Mr Fishbane mattered now, he was a millionaire. The next morning Mr Fast was walking into the city, he was thinking about the shadow he had seen the previous day, and had come to the conclusion that the shadow was an eye of a child however he wish he knew what it meant, the shops no longer attracted him. Suddenly a man pushed into him, Mr Fast told the man to be more careful, and to Mr Fast's surprise and annoyance, saw Mr Fishbane standing in front of him, and there was a shadow that was not Mr Fishbane's, and yes it was becoming even more clearer. Mr Fast told Mr Fishbane to leave him alone. And still the shadow was scaring him. ...read more.


Instead of getting on the train, they just vanished into darkness. Mr Fast sighed and stopped a cab. He jumped in and smelled a very familiar smell, just then the hatch opened and Mr Fishbane's ugly face starred down at Mr Fast's. The clerk screamed for the child. Mr Fishbane merely smiled with an evil look in his eyes. The old gentleman then asked the clerk, what Mr Fast had said to the young boy about ambitions. The clerk said at once that he had told the young boy that he had to be a clerk. Mr Fishbane told Mr Fast that the boy had refused the idea of being a clerk, as Mr Fishbane had suggested to him as he didn't like people that forced him to be things. Mr Fishbane then asked what Dennis had wanted to be when he was a child. Mr Fast thought for a minute and then said that he had wanted to be an engine driver. Mr Fishbane cackled in a menacing manor. He told Mr Fast that his childhood was driving a train. Mr Fast gasped the childhood figure of himself was on the train, and all the people had entrusted there souls to him. What could he do? There was only one thing for it. He begged Mr Fishbane to stop the train. Mr Fishbane shook his head, saying that he couldn't stop a steam engine. Mr Fast groaned, and Mr Fishbane agreed to take to the station. As soon as they reached the station Mr Fast hopped out ran over to the edge of the track and jumped onto the track. The train was fast approaching; Mr Fast saw his childhood figure sitting in one of the cabins, smiling out to the darkness. Mr Fast screamed, but the noise was lost in the roar of the train. The train halted, and the child jumped lightly off and walked over to Mr Fishbane, who was standing near the platform. The child took the old man's arm and walked out into the darkness. ?? ?? ?? ?? Kiran Modi 12/04/2010 ...read more.

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